BELIEVE IN GOD, NOT EVOLUTION
The stakes are high,
affecting where you spend eternity!
Do you believe in Evolution? Do you believe this beautiful world is a chance happening and that there is no purpose to it? Do you believe that scientists have proved that we are descended from apes, that all life has developed over millions of years from a pool of ‘primordial soup’? Do you believe this because this is what all educated people believe? This may be the majority view of educated people; it is what they teach in schools. But is it true?
What you believe is important
Some say what you believe is unimportant. Some even say you do not have to believe anything, because the hard facts of life are well known to everybody, giving us a shared perspective. But without any beliefs this perspective does not extend much beyond our noses. What we believe is important because our beliefs are our motivation; it is these that give us a sense of purpose. An evolutionary belief pins our hopes on progress, but when we consider how our survival is in the balance - despite great advances in technology - this view makes us fearful.
Is the evolutionary view accurate? Could we be believing a lie?
Have scientists got it wrong?
If scientists have got evolution wrong, there is no doubt that they have got themselves and us into trouble. Could success have gone to their heads during the 18th and 19th centuries when there was a growing belief that science could answer everything, including what had happened in the past and how we came to be here. But science is limited in its ability to answer such important questions. Science is based on observation, but nobody was around to observe evolution if it happened millions of years ago, and any evidence of evolution happening now is limited to creatures adapting to changes in their environment, which is no evidence for how life got here in the first place. The surest guide to what happened in the past is history, told by those who were there at the time.
History, not science, is the key to the past
Human history only goes back several thousand years, not the hundreds of thousands that evolutionists would have us believe. Our calendar years are counted from the birth of Jesus Christ, who was living two thousand years ago and has had an immense influence on the world by his life and his teaching, and by his cruel death on the cross and his glorious resurrection from the dead. Christians throughout the centuries have declared him the Son of God and Saviour of the world. In obedience to God they have found a divine purpose to their lives, endeavouring to live lives that are godly, upright and pleasing to God. The Bible has been their authority and the Gospel, the good news, has been preached in every generation.
The universe was created supernaturally
The Bible is the history book. It tells us that God created the world in six days, supernaturally, that Adam and Eve were not descended from apes, that they disobeyed God when they ate the forbidden fruit and we and all their descendants have continued sinning in rebellion against Him. Jesus, as the promised Messiah, is God’s remedy. This is the good news, but only for those who will believe it and wholeheartedly embrace it. Why do we find the Bible so hard to believe? Up until the 20th century most people in the West accepted the Bible’s account of creation, but there has always been resistance to the moral standards demanded by the Bible, such as the Ten Commandments, and there have always been those who have hated the Bible’s authority and its call to obedience.
The rise of evolution
It was not until the ‘Enlightenment’ of the 1700s that there was an academic movement within Christian nations to discredit the Bible, led by thinkers like Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin, philosophers like David Hume and scientists like James Hutton. Hutton suggested that the earth must be millions of years old rather than the thousands indicated by the Bible, a novel and controversial idea for his day. Charles Darwin grasped the nettle by publishing On the Origin of Species in 1859. This was not the scientific treatise he had been struggling to write for 20 years, but a popular book appealing, not to scientists, but to the reading public, suggesting that all species had evolved from common ancestry by gradual processes, his well-known process of natural selection.
He was failing to write his scientific treatise because he lacked hard scientific evidence. What triggered a very rapid writing of The Origin was the fear of being forestalled by one Alfred Wallace, a scientist who had independently come up with the same ideas. Darwin was aware, as were his scientific friends, that his theory was going to stir up controversy, contradicting the Bible’s account of creation. He also knew that the evidence for his theory was minimal, even stating that the fossil record did not yet furnish sufficient evidence of intermediate forms, adding that he hoped that they would be discovered in due time, which they have not. But intellectuals were prepared to turn a blind eye to weaknesses in his evidence for the benefit of discrediting the Bible’s historical account.
Evolution has been embraced by the scientific community, not because it is true, but because it has become the accepted materialistic explanation of origins. It is the atheists’ dogmatic rebuttal of the Bible.
Why science falls short
Science cannot tell us about purpose, what we are here for, nor what makes for harmony and happiness. These questions are spiritual and we are spiritual beings. Science is about things, not people. Science doesn’t tell us about who we are or the meaning of life. Nor can it comment on the supernatural.
The Bible, God’s inspired word, tells us what we need to know about ourselves. It tells us ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ It tells us we were made in his image, that we are conscious, spiritual beings, with a conscience and freedom to choose (free-will), things we can all relate to. Science has nothing to say about these things, because it only deals with things and not people. The Bible tells us we are sinners who need forgiveness and how God, through Christ, offers us that forgiveness if we will repent of our sins and believe in Him.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
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By Graham Parkhouse